Credit: Photos by Dave Newbart/Chicago Reader Credit: Photos by Dave Newbart/Chicago Reader

Several sculptures of marine life made from garbage washed ashore are now perched along Lake Michigan—and they are some of the coolest art on the Third Coast.

The sculptures are each made from thousands of pieces of (mainly) plastic garbage found on beaches on the Pacific Coast.

They date to 2010, when artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi saw mounds of trash piling up on her native Oregon coast and organized volunteers to gather the trash that she turned into art.

“Since the project began, 10,000 volunteers have removed more than 38,000 pounds of plastic trash—largely single-use plastics—from over 300 miles of beaches,” the Shedd’s website says. “Ninety-five percent of the debris collected has been used in more than 60 sculptures so far.”

All of the 19 pieces (amounting to five tons of garbage) had been inside the Shedd Aquarium since last year but some sculptures were moved outside this spring—meaning you don’t need a ticket to check them out.

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